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Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch debacle has put the ladies footballers' first game in the new stadium on hold

CORK ladies football long-awaited debut at Páirc Uí Chaoimh is set to be put back a few months.

Their maiden appearance at local headquarters was pencilled in for Saturday week with a league outing against Tipperary at 5pm as a curtain-raiser to the Cork-Meath men's division 2 game.

But, this will be moved to Páirc Uí Rinn because of on-going issues with the state of the pitch down by the Marina.

There's a second double-header planned for March 16 with the ladies and the men playing Donegal in the respective leagues at 12 noon and 2pm respectively.

With Páirc Uí Chaoimh ruled out for the remainder of Cork's league games in hurling and football, those ties are likely to be switched to Páirc Uí Rinn, as well.

It all means the ladies first venture out on Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be for the round 3 Munster championship tie with Kerry at 5pm on Saturday, June 1.

That will be followed by Cork's meeting with either Tipperary or Limerick in the semi-final of the Munster senior football championship.

The next likely game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be the Munster senior hurling championship tie between Cork and Tipperary on May 12.

“There's no problem with double-headers at Páirc Uí Rinn because there are four dressing rooms there,” said county board PRO Joe Blake.

“I spoke with the ladies board and they understand the position. They said it was all about the gesture of playing at Páirc Uí Chaoimh,” he added.

The cost of the new Páirc has now been estimated at €95.8m.

Croke Park have issued a statement following a review by two Páirc Uí Chaoimh board members, Michael O’Flynn and Tom Gray, to clarify the current estimated full cost of the stadium redevelopment.

In arriving at the final estimated cost, provision has been made for the full replacement of the pitch. 

The new figure is almost €10m more than the county board originally expected, but €14.2m less than GAA stadium director Peter McKenna used as a worst-case scenario in an interview with the Irish Examiner before Christmas.